Farmington PD becomes the 11th Dakota County law enforcement agency to use the Vitals™ App to improve interactions between police and community
Oct. 22, 2018 – Farmington, MN – Farmington police officers will begin using Vitals™ next month as a way to improve interactions between police officers and people living with invisible and visible conditions and disabilities.
The Vitals™ app is a new technology designed to create safer interactions between first responders and people using the app. A first of its kind, the Vitals™ First Responder App, is a non-intrusive, real-time resource developed as a way to enhance policing, give families of vulnerable individuals more peace of mind and improve the quality of life for people living with various conditions and disabilities.
Vitals™ was launched in August of 2017 and has expanded to 28 public safety agencies. Farmington becomes the 11th Dakota County public safety department to use the Vitals™ app.
Acting Police Chief Gary Rutherford said Farmington police are excited about using the app. He sees the Vitals™ app as a great resource that helps fill the information gap in real time. “We’ve heard passionate residents talk about the app and we’ve heard positive stories from other Dakota County cities using the technology,” Rutherford said. “This service gives our officers another tool to use as they interact with vulnerable people in our community.”
Janeé Harteau, president of Vitals™, said the company is ready to work with Farmington police, community leaders and advocacy partners to launch the service in Farmington.
“We believe that our services will help save lives, give people and families more peace of mind and help first responders interact more effectively with vulnerable individuals,” Harteau said.
“Residents and visitors of Farmington will be safer because of this decision. This gives law enforcement officers a great tool to use when people can’t speak for themselves.”
About Vitals™ Aware Services
Vitals™ works by equipping first responders with information voluntarily provided by Vitals™ enrollees. Law enforcement and other first responders download the Vitals™ First Responder app on their cellphones. The service allows a vulnerable person to register online, then wear a beacon that takes the form of a keychain, necklace, debit card or bracelet. An Android phone can also serve as the beacon. When a Vitals™ user comes within 80 feet of an officer or first responder equipped with the service, the officer will get a notification about the person’s diagnosis and how they may best interact with them.
The Twin Cities-based tech company developed the app-based service in partnership with The Autism Society of Minnesota. The service was launched in August of 2017 in St. Paul. Vitals™ is also partnering with PACER Center, the Arc Minnesota, Wellness in the Woods and Hammer Residences to build awareness and promote the service to potential users and their families. To learn more about Vitals™, go to www.thevitalsapp.com.